Scoil Íde COVID-19 Response Plan

Introduction

This Covid-19 Response Plan is designed to support the staff and Board of Management (BOM) in putting measures in place that will prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Scoil Ide.

The Covid-19 Response Plan details the policies and practices necessary for our school to meet the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, the Department of Education and Skills plan for school reopening and to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the school environment. The plan incorporates current advice about measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the community issued by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). As the advice issued by NPHET continues to evolve, this protocol and the measures management and staff need to address may also change. The plan is a live working document and may be reviewed and amended to take into account new guidance from www.Gov.ie, www.dbei.ie www.hse.ie, www.hpsc.ie, www.hsa.ie; www.education.ie

The response plan will support the sustainable reopening of our school where the overriding objective is to protect the health of staff and pupils while promoting the educational and development needs of the children in the school.

In line with the Return to Work Safely Protocol, the key to a safe and continued return to work, and re-opening of our schools requires strong communication and a shared collaborative approach between the Board of management, staff, pupils and parents. 

Scoil Íde COVID-19 Policy Statement

This COVID-19 policy outlines our commitment as a school to implement the plan and help prevent the spread of the virus. The policy will be signed and dated by the Chairperson of the Board of Management and is available for viewing on the school website.

Scoil Íde is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our students. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan.  The Board of Management and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We will:

  •         continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staff
  •         provide up to date information to our staff and students on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and Gov.ie
  •         display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques
  •         agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan
  •         inform all staff and students of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements
  •         adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the public health guidance and direction of the Department of Education
  •         keep a contact log to help with contact tracing
  •         ensure staff and students engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Education
  •         implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at school
  •         provide instructions for staff and students to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during school time
  •         implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice

All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues or suggestions.

This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative(s), who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department and education partners.

Signed: Maureen Hobbins                  Date: 06/08/20

Signed: Grace Burke Date: 06/08/20

DES Roadmaps

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b264b-roadmap-for-the-full-return-to-school/ https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a0bff-reopening-our-primary-and-special-schools/

This Policy Document notes measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 coming into our school community. The full DES Document must be read in full. Relevant Circulars for Staff https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0049_2020.pdf https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0045_2020.pdf https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0040_2020.pdf https://www.into.ie/app/uploads/2020/08/Information-Note-0008-2020.pdf

Please follow https://www.education.ie/en/ for updates.

Health and Safety Officer: Ray D’Arcy

Lead Worker Representative: Aidan Hennessy

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please put "FAO LWR" in the subject bar of the email

Assistant Lead Worker Representatives: Ciara Breen, Deirdre O’ Loughlin

Responsibility for the development and implementation of the COVID-19 Response Plan and the associated control measures lies primarily with the Board of Management and the School Leadership.

The Return to Work Safely protocol provides for an agreed procedure between management and staff to appoint a Lead Worker Representative to carry out a specific role.

The role of the worker representative is to ensure that COVID-19 measures are adhered to in the workplace as follows:

  • Work collaboratively with the employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of employees in relation to COVID-19.
  • Promote good hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly and maintaining good respiratory etiquette along with maintaining social distancing in accordance with public health advice.
  • Assist with the implementation of measures to suppress COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Monitor adherence to measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Consult with colleagues on matters relating to COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Make representations on behalf of their colleagues on matters relating to COVID-19 in the workplace.

NOTE: If a staff member has any concerns or observations in relation to the COVID-19 Response Plan and control measures or the adherence to such control measures by staff, parents/guardians, contractors or visitors, he/she should contact the lead worker(s) who will engage with the Principal/BOM.

All staff, parents/guardians, contractors and visitors have a responsibility both as individuals and collectively to have due regard for their own health and safety and that of others and to assist with the implementation of the COVID-19 Response Plan and associated control measures. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 

No member of the school community can come to school if they display any Covid-19 Symptoms, available here: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/symptoms.html 

In summary, common symptoms of coronavirus include:  

a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above)  

a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry  shortness of breath or breathing difficulties 

 a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

Staff or pupils should not attend school if displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. 

 

Dealing with Suspected Cases of Covid-19 Procedure 

If a pupil becomes unwell and is displaying COVID-19 symptoms listed below: 

High Temperature (above 38 degrees, shortness of breath, a cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) 

  • Temperature is taken 
  • If a pupil becomes unwell in the classroom, mainstream class teacher informs the Principal/ Deputy Principal/ Healthy and Safety Officer. 
  • Mask is given to child 
  • Principal/ Deputy Principal/ Healthy and Safety Officer escorts child to isolation area
  • Secretary telephones the child's parents. 
  • Facilitate the person presenting with symptoms remaining in isolation if they cannot immediately go home. 
  • The individual should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects. Advice should be given to the person presenting with symptoms to cover their mouth and nose with the disposable tissue provided when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the waste bag provided 
  • If the person is well enough to go home, arrange for them to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible and advise them to inform their G. P. by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used;
  • If they are too unwell to go home or advice is required, contact 999 or 112 and inform them that the sick person is a COVID-19 suspect; 
  • Principal/ Deputy Principal/ Health and Safety Officer remains with child until parent arrives. Adults remain outside the door. 
  • Offer water to the child and ensure the window and adjacent doors remain open to allow ventilation and for supervision/insurance purposes. 
  • Carry out an assessment of the incident which will form part of determining follow-up actions and recovery. 
  • Arrange for appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved

 

The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact tracing process. The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE should be followed and confidentiality is essential at all times. Before a pupil can return to school, parents will have to declare in writing that his/her child is free of COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Procedure if staff member becomes unwell and is displaying COVID-19 symptoms listed

  • The staff member contacts the Principal or Deputy Principal or Health and Safety Officer for assistance. 
  • All adults put on a mask  and gloves. 
  • His/her temperature will be taken 
  • If the patient is a mainstream teacher, the relevant SET Teacher will continue teaching his/her class. 
  • Staff member will be escorted to isolation area 
  • If the staff member presenting with symptoms is well enough to drive home, he/she may do so. Responsibility rests with the unwell staff member to make this decision. 
  • If the person is not well enough to drive home, arrange for him/her to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible and advise them to inform their G.P. by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used. 
  • Remain with an unwell staff member until a person nominated by the patient arrives to bring the patient home observing proper social distance at all times. 
  • If they become too unwell or advice is required, 999 or 112 will be contacted and informed that the sick person is a COVID-19 suspect; 
  • Offer water to staff member and ensure the window and door is open to allow ventilation. 
  • Carry out an assessment of the incident which will form part of determining followup actions and recovery 
  • Arrange for appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved

 

The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact tracing process. The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE should be followed and confidentiality is essential at all times. Before returning to work, the staff member will have to self-declare in writing that he/she is free of COVID-19 symptoms. 

 

Isolation area for a suspected case

Two isolation areas will be created. These are located in the main school building and another outside of the school hall. Chairs, tissues, hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, gloves, masks, waste bags, brown paper bags and a bin along with some wipeable reading material will be placed there and if the suspected case is a child, he/she will be supervised by the Principal/ Deputy Principal/ Health and Safety Officer.  Nobody else may enter this area while a child is awaiting collection. It will be sanitised after the person leaves.  Parents should contact GP and follow GP instructions. Contact must be made with the school office thereafter providing us with an update on the status of the child’s health before they can return to school.

 

School Buildings

Before reopening the school in the new school year we have checked the following:

  • Does the water system need flushing at outlets following low usage to prevent Legionella disease; 
  • Has school equipment and mechanical ventilation been checked for signs of deterioration or damage before being used again;
  • Have bin collections and other essential services resumed.

Funding 

We have budgeted our cleaning grant on extra cleaning hours for the year. We are spending our PPE Grant on sanitisers, sanitiser refills, Brill Blue, disinfectant wipes etc. We are spending our Minor Works Grant on Perspex Screens, extra signage, floor replacement in Rooms 1A, 1 and 2 and adjoining lobbies, the installation of additional sinks and the changing of taps. A Covid-Aide has been employed to assist with arrangements before we reopen. 

Return to Work Form

Staff must complete the return to work form online three days before returning to work. 

Equipment 

A visor, facemasks, bottle of disinfectant spray, sanitiser, a packet of disinfectant wipes, blue roll, and tissues will be provided for all staff. Wall hung sanitisers are hung in each classroom and school entry point. Additional hand sanitisers will be placed at each entry point to allow a speedier entrance to the school. Each teacher will be provided with a perspex screen. Signage will be in place throughout the school. 

Personal Items 

Staff should use wipes/spray to wipe down personal items e.g. phones, bags when they come to school. 

COVID-19 Related Absence Management 

The management of a Covid-19 related absence will be managed in line with agreed procedures with DES. Circular 49/2020 also deals with Covid related absences. https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0049_2020.pdf

Substitution and EPV days

Circular 45/2020 covers the system for booking substitutes. All staff are asked to phone the school Principal as per normal procedures as soon as possible to allow for as much time to book a substitute as possible. As is always the case, the Principal/Deputy Principal works to ensure substitutes are employed.  When a substitute cannot be sought as per the panel and normal school procedures, support teachers will be allocated to cover the class. Each support teacher will be allocated to cover classes in line with the classes with which they are allocated. All teachers are asked to leave spare packs of work in their room as dividing classes is no longer an option. Substitutes will be asked to fill out the Return to Work Form and Contact Tracing Form. They will be asked if they have completed the DES online training and may not start until they have. They will be given a visor, facemask and a packet of disinfectant wipes. They will be asked to read this full document in advance of coming to the school. If they cannot be booked until close to the school start time, they will be asked to assign the class some work in order to read this document in full.

 

Most days that may not have been covered by substitution in the past will be covered for the 2020/21 school year. The first EPV day that a teacher uses may be covered by a substitute if one can be booked. The other days may only be taken if they are not disruptive to the running of the school. Any unused EPV days may be carried over to the 2021/22 school year.

Circular 0049/20 and Information note 08/20 deal with issues surrounding these topics 

https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0049_2020.pdf

 

Sharing 

Staff and pupils should avoid sharing personal property.

Drop-off Plan

We will receive pupils from 1st to 6th class from 8.30am and infant pupils from 8.45am. No pupils should arrive prior to this time. Junior Infants are operating on a separate schedule for the first two weeks back. 

Pupils only should enter the school through their designated gate (information below) and follow the footsteps painted on the ground to their class. The route given is the most direct. Staff members will be present at gates and around the school to supervise and ensure that pupils get to their rooms safely. Children should sanitise their hands at the gate and make their way to their class and take their seat. There will be hand sanitiser available in every classroom.

 

This will be reviewed.

 

Junior Infants 

The first day of school is a special day. For that reason, we invite parents/guardians of our new Junior Infants to bring their children to the yard by their rooms from 9.20am  on their first two days of school (whilst keeping a 2m distance from others) whereby they can see them enter their classroom and take a photo at the door.

 

Collection Plan

Junior Infant classes and Room 8 will be collected at the Mill Road gate (E). Pupils will be lined up at the back of the school at 1.45pm and as each parent arrives, their child will walk to them. 

Rooms 1, 2 and 3 will be collected at the gate in front of their rooms (A). Pupils will be lined up outside at 1.45pm and as each parent arrives, their child will walk to them. 

1st classes will be collected at the Mill Road gate (E).  Pupils will be lined up at the back of the school at 2.40pm and as each parent arrives, their child will walk to them. 

2nd classes will be collected from the gate to the left of the staff car park (C).  Pupils will be lined up in the yard near the gate at 2.40pm and as each parent arrives, their child will walk to them. 

3rd -6th classes will be left out from their rooms at 2.45pm in their pods. They must exit via the same route through which they entered.

 

Gates 

A-Gate on Corbally Road at Rooms 1, 2, 3 for Junior and Senior Infant entry only

B-Gate on Corbally Road at Main Reception for entry by Rooms, 17, 18, 19 only

C-Gate on Corbally Road to the left on the Staff Car Park for entry by Rooms, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 only

D-Gate on Corbally Road to the right of the Staff Car Park for entry by Kavanagh, Hopkins, Yeats, Keats and Bronte only

E-Gate at the Mill Road for entry by Rooms 8, 9, 10, 11 and Boland, Frost, Heaney and Nolan only

 

This will be reviewed.

 

Collection on Wet Days 

Parents and guardians must wait outside the gates and maintain social distance from each other. Parents should prepare for this by having umbrellas ready. 

 

Early Dismissal

If a pupil must be collected early, the secretary will record it instead of the parent/ guardian signing the child out. We ask that parents avoid this to minimise people coming to the school. 

 

Yard Times

These will be staggered in order to allow each class to have their own section to play in.

 

School Bubbles 

Each class will remain separate throughout the school day. 

 

Class Pods

Classes from 3rd to 6th will be separated into pods (smaller groups). Pods will be kept 1m apart from each other in the classroom. This is an additional measure to support social distancing.

Pods will be allocated by the class teacher and each child will have an assigned seat on their return to school.

 

Hand Hygiene 

Sanitiser dispensers will be available at the gates. Wall hung sanitisers dispensers have been installed throughout the school e.g. in each classroom, at reception, in lobby areas etc. Each teacher also has a hand sanitiser on their desk. Pupils and staff should perform hand hygiene:  on arrival at school, before eating or drinking, after using the toilet, after playing outdoors, when their hands are physically dirty and when they cough or sneeze. Anyone moving between rooms must sanitise before they leave a room and return to their room e.g. children going to support, Principal moving between rooms, SNAs, support teachers etc.

 

All members of the school community must watch this video on hand washing. https://youtu.be/IsgLivAD2FE

 

Respiratory Hygiene 

All members of the school community will practise respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and safely into a nearby bin. 

 

Code of Behaviour

Pupils who breach rules/procedures detailed in this response plan will be dealt with in accordance with the school Code of Behaviour. Coughing/sneezing/spitting deliberately will be a breach of the code of behaviour.

 

Temperature Checks 

Parents check your child/children’s temperatures before school each day and do not send children if children have a high temperature. Infra-red non-contact thermometers have been purchased in case of a suspected case.

 

Disinfectant Wipes 

Disinfectant wipes have been purchased as noted previously.  A packet will be left beside the photocopiers for staff members to wipe down the photocopier after use. 

 

Disinfectant Spray 

A disinfectant spray, Brill Blue, has been purchased for use for cleaning desks/chairs daily. This is a spray that disinfects surfaces but does not need to be wiped. This will significantly reduce the time that it will take to disinfect surfaces. 

Here are the details:

 

Brill Blue is a cleaner and sanitiser. As the product is PH neutral it is safe to use on all surfaces and it is safe to use around sensitive skin, asthma sufferers or people sensitive to strong chemicals. Brill Blue can be sprayed onto surfaces without needing to be rinsed off. It will provide an exceptionally high rate of antibacterial action killing far above the usual 99.9% antibacterial products. It is effective against Corona Virus, E Coli, MRSA and the Noro Virus among many other bacteria, fungi and viruses. 

 

Cleaning Schedule 

The caretaker will clean common touch areas, all toilets, both staff rooms and hall furniture each day. He will also empty bins every day.

School cleaning will commence from 4pm each day with our existing cleaners. An additional cleaner has been hired with responsibility for cleaning/sanitising desks and chairs. DES Cleaning Guidance has been issued to cleaners. Cleaning rosters will be signed by cleaning staff each day. 

 

Doors 

All classroom doors, where practical, to be left open at drop off and collection times, to minimise touching of common areas. Door stops will be purchased for use as teachers view necessary. 

 

Ventilation 

Windows will be kept open in-so-far as possible.

 

Face Coverings for Staff

Visors have been purchased. Facemasks will also be provided to each staff member. A visor or facemask is compulsory throughout the school day if the staff member cannot maintain a 2m distance, with the exception of when eating. 

 

Screens 

Perspex screens will be on each teachers’ desk and at the office. 

 

Signage 

Signage, as made available by the DES, will be displayed reminding the school community about COVID-19 prevention etiquette. We have purchased extra signage in addition to this. Standard feet markings and other child friendly markings will be used in yard markings. 

 

Physical Distancing 

In primary and special schools, a distance of 1 metre should be maintained between desks or between individual pupils. It is recognised that younger children are unlikely to maintain physical distancing indoors. Therefore, achieving this recommendation in the first four years of primary or special schools, is not a prerequisite to reopening a primary or special school for all pupils. Therefore, in Junior Infants to 2nd class children will be separated from each other is-so-far as possible. From 3rd to 6th class, children will be placed in ‘pods’. Children attending support should not be spread through all groups. We will review when groups can be reorganised safely. Each group will be separated by 1m and remain in their groups throughout the day indoors, in-so-far as possible. 

See full guides to physical distancing here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/dd364-controlmeasures-covid-19-response-plan-for-safe-re-opening-of-primary-schools/ 

 

Classroom Organisation 

Classrooms have been reorganised in order to allow for as much physical distance as possible. Rooms should be free of any unnecessary furniture, shelves etc. The teacher’s desk should be at least 1 metre and where possible 2 metres away from pupil desks. Classes from 3rd to 6th have been marked out with tape to assist staff/pupils in maintaining this distance.

Support Teaching

When using their own rooms, support teachers will maintain as much distance as possible. They will be provided with a screen to use if needed. They will work with smaller groups to facilitate distancing. Support teachers will spray disinfectant on the desks and chairs after each child leaves. They will be timetabled to work with a limited number of classes. All support teachers should sanitise between each class and child/group of children taught. Facemasks/visors to be worn. When children are picked up from their room, the children must sanitise their hand and they must sanitise again before leaving the room. 

 

Literacy Lift-Off / Supported Literacy Hour

These will not run for September. This will be reviewed.

 

After-School Activities

These will not be in place when we return to school. This will be reviewed.

 

Co-Curricular Activities

Coaches and music teachers will not be starting back when we return to school. This will be reviewed.

 

Special Needs Assistants 

SNAs will be provided with PPE and cleaning products. They should wear a visor and sanitise throughout the day and when moving to their next child. 

 

Principal/Deputy Principal Duties 

The Principal, as leader and day-to-day manager of the school and Deputy Principal must be able to speak with each staff member and visit each class as necessary to fulfil his/her duties. Like with other staff, s/he will sanitise before and after entering each room, wear a visor and maintain social distance. As s/he will therefore be in contact with all staff members and all class groups, as well as professional visitors and parents/ guardians by appointment, s/he will keep meetings with individuals as short as possible, while fulfilling duties and responsibilities. 

 

Secretary Duties 

To minimise contact while fulfilling duties, staff are not permitted into the school office and visitors will be minimised and must wait outside until invited in. Staff are asked to email/call the secretary with requests.

 

Appointments 

No adults should enter the building other than school staff. All meetings must be by appointment and be essential meetings. Access to the offices is restricted.  Anyone coming to the school for a prearranged essential meeting must arrange the meeting by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or by phone) in advance. Teacher emails must not be used to make appointments– it must be done centrally through the school office so we can manage the process. The contact tracing log will only be filled out for those entering into the building. There will be a marked area outside for visitors to stand while waiting to speak to the secretary. Sometimes, professional visitors are necessary e.g. I.T. maintenance, school psychologist etc. A COVID-19 questionnaire will be emailed to the visitor in advance of his/her visit to the school.The secretary will fill out the contact tracing log online on behalf of the visitor.

 

Phone 

All office staff will only use their own phone and PC. 

 

Lunches

Parents must ensure children come with lunches etc. to prevent adults coming to school during the day. No sharing of lunches/ drinks among children. Please ensure that your child can open/close his/her own lunchbox and that they are washed daily.

 

School Books 

Covering school books/copies in plastic is recommended. Books/copies will be collected on the first day and stored in the class. They will not be sent home initially. This will be reviewed. Where practical, each child must use their own books. Shared books loaned by the school should be wiped with the disinfectant wipes by the teachers after each session. Hand hygiene should be performed after using a shared item.

 

School Supplies 

A set of stationary to be kept in school (as per booklist). This will ensure there is no borrowing pencils, colours etc. If a teacher has to lend a school item to a child, the teacher will wipe it with disinfectant wipes before and after use. Pupils should have a separate set of stationery at home for homework.

 

Coats

Coats should be left on the pupil’s chair. This will be reviewed.

 

Homework 

As we start back at school, written homework will not be given and books will not be sent home initially. This will be reviewed. Online platforms will be set up and used to familiarise parents/pupils with in the event of another school closure. 

 

Uniform 

The normal School Uniform Policy applies. We ask that children wear their uniform/tracksuit to school only and parents wash them regularly. 

 

School Hall/PE

This will be used to facilitate PE lessons for classes from Junior Infants to 2nd class. 3rd to 6th class will have access to the Basketball Court. Equipment will not be used initially. This will be reviewed. 

The hall may be required for support teaching. This will also be reviewed.

 

Monthly Assemblies 

These will not be held for September. This will be reviewed.

Parent/Teacher Meetings 

These will take place over the phone/ Zoom. This will be reviewed.

 

Excursions

Classes must remain within the school grounds during school hours. Classes may visit the field as it is within the school grounds. This will be reviewed.

 

Staff Meetings 

These may be held in the school hall in smaller groups. Video-conferencing may also be used if required.

 

Staff Room

A limit will be placed on the number of people in the staff room at any one time. Staff members must wash their hands/santise on entry to the staff room and before touching anything. They must also sanitise their hands upon leaving the room. They must bring, use and wash their own cutlery, plates etc. We advise that these are brought home to do so where possible.  

 

Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Programme

The Board of Management aims to protect and support the health and wellbeing of all staff (physical, mental, spiritual etc.) both at work, whether in the school facility or at home and outside of work. 

The Board of Management is mindful that the support and promotion of staff health and wellbeing is particularly important in the current context where the Covid-19 pandemic has caused considerable challenges for, and disruption to, people’s personal, family and social lives as well as their work arrangements.

The Board of Management aims to foster a culture and work environment that support healthy behaviours and staff wellbeing and shall continue to make health and wellbeing tools and guidance available to staff as well as organising suitable support programmes, initiatives and events.

These are challenging times for everyone. Should a staff member experience any stress or anxiety in respect of work or work arrangements, he/she should feel free to speak to the principal.

The Department of Education provides a support service to teachers and SNAs through Spectrum.Life. The service is known as Wellbeing Together: Folláine le Chéile. The staff will be made aware of the dedicated 24 hour/7 days a week free phone confidential phone number that can provide advice on a number of issues that may be worrying them- the number is 1800 411057. Alternatively, staff can text ‘Hi’ to 087 369 0010 to avail of EAS support on SMS & WhatsApp.

Laptops, Chromebooks and iPads

In order to upskill pupils in the online platforms, one class will use a set of devices and they will be cleaned down after use.

Sensory Room 

Each teacher/SNA should spray Brill Blue on the equipment before use. All equipment should also be sprayed with Brill Blue after use by the adult attending with the child. 

Deliveries 

All deliveries must be left at main reception(Gate B) or at the back of the school (Gate E). Deliveries must be planned in advance with the caretaker. Delivery personnel may not enter the building. 

Training 

All staff must complete the DES online training before returning to work and fill out a form to confirm this. Parents will be asked to educate their child, in an age appropriate way, as to the contents of this document. Online training will also be published by the DES and we will ask parents to complete it with the children before we reopen. Teachers will repeat the elements of this document that apply to children on the first day of school and revise it regularly.

First Aid 

This will be administered as normal. A fresh pair of gloves must be put on first and a visor must be worn. 

In an emergency or in case of a serious incident, call for an ambulance or the fire brigade on 112/999 Contact the Principal or the nearest first aider giving details of location and type of medical incident.

 

Curriculum 

Staff should follow curriculum guidance which was published on www.education.ie

Teachers are having ‘handover’ meetings, as usual, prior to returning to school. This is where the existing teacher informs the new teacher of progress. Children attending support settings will continue with the targets set out in the January 2020 review of IPLP/IEPs. IEP’s/IPLPS will be reviewed in January 2021. Class teachers made a list of work not covered and should pass this on to the new teacher.

Blended Learning

If a child has a medical condition and has been advised not to return to school, the support teacher assigned to that class for Literacy and Numeracy will be asked to work with the class teacher in providing learning activities for home. 

Further Closures 

If the school should close again, Junior Infants to Third class will use Seesaw. Fourth to Sixth class will use Google Classroom. Zoom will be used for video calls.

Bins 

Foot pedal waste bins have been purchased. The usual recycling bins will be used. Food waste should be brought home in pupil’s lunch boxes as usual. 

Art 

Where practical, each child shall use an individual set of art supplies. 

Music 

Musical instruments will not be used on our return to school. As singing is considered a high-risk activity, we will not sing indoors on our return to school. We will focus on the strand of ‘Listening and Responding’ in September. This will be reviewed.

Money 

Money will be collected via e payments as usual. A reduction in the pupil contribution has been applied.

Fundraising

Fundraising activities are postponed until further notice. The Monster Raffle was postponed due to the school closure. We will inform you of how this will be worked out in due course.

Messages 

Children will not be sent around the school on messages. Teachers will use the Aladdin noticeboard/email account for messages. 

PA System

Only the Principal should use the intercom. It should be cleaned before being used by anyone else.

School Rental 

The school will be unavailable for rental. 

Implementation and Review 

The whole school community is responsible for playing their part in implementing this plan. The Board of Management will meet again in September to review this plan.

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on 24th August 2020.

Signed: Maureen Hobbins                  Date: 24/08/20

Signed: Grace Burke Date: 24/08/20

Appendix 1

COVID-19 Pre Return to Work Form

In order to minimise the spread of COVID-19, all Scoil Íde staff must complete this form before returning to work, after restricted movements or self-isolation as recommended by the Government.

  1. Do you have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms now or in the past 14 days?

Yes No

  1. Have you been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?

Yes No

  1. Have you been advised by the HSE that you are a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

Yes No

  1. Have you been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?

Yes No

  1. Have you been advised by a doctor to cocoon at this time?

Yes No

  1. Have you been advised by your doctor that you are in the very high risk group? If yes, please liaise with your doctor and the Principal re return to work.

Yes No

I confirm to the best of my knowledge that I have no symptoms of COVID-19. I am not self-isolating, waiting results of a COVID-19 test or been advised to restrict my movements.

If any of this information changes after filling in the form, you must inform the principal. 

The school is collecting this sensitive personal data for the purposes of maintaining safety within the workplace in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legal basis for collecting this data is based on vital interests and maintaining occupational health and will be held securely in line with our retention policy.

Sign: Date

 

Appendix 2

Contact Tracing Log

Scoil Íde, Corbally, Limerick

Name of visitor

 

Date of visit

 

Time of entry:

Time of exit:

Visitor status:

Contactor

Parent/Guardian

Other

Company name (if applicable): 

 

Contact details of visitor

Address:

Email:

Phone:

Reason for visit

 

Was the visit pre-arranged with the Principal?

 

Name of person visited

Length of time spent with each person